F968 On-site Visit to Congregation Adat Reyim with Rabbi Aft
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Apr. 11
Congregation Adat Reyim, 6500 Westbury Oaks Ct, Springfield, VA
Instructor: Rabbi Bruce Aft
Coordinator: Velma Berkey
Carpool; Note location
Rabbi Aft will host this program at Congregation Adat Reyim, providing the opportunity to explain the Torah, the eternal light, and the Jewish prayer book. He will also discuss the Torah from Sedlcany in the Czech Republic that was rescued from the Holocaust. The evolution of prayer from sacrifice to words will also be addressed. With Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) beginning at sundown on April 11, Rabbi Aft will speak about this holiday that commemorates the lives of the Jewish people who died in the Holocaust during World War ll. In addition, Rabbi Aft will discuss Holocaust denial and make references to the story told in the movie Denial, which he recommends you watch, if possible, in anticipation of his presentation.
Rabbi Aft is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, and has been the spiritual leader at Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield for 26 years. In addition to his congregational responsibilities, he spent 29 years working at the BBYO International Kallah, a Jewish leadership program for teenagers. Feeding his passion for improving race relations, Rabbi Aft has served on the board of Operation Understanding DC for almost 20 years, promoting dialogue between black and Jewish teens. He has been an adjunct professor at Marymount University, Mason, and the University of Mary Washington.